Treating pain in the frail elderly with dementia


4th Training School of our COST Action


Location: Gent (Belgium)


Time: March 8 - March 10, 2015


Organizer: Nele Van Den Noortgate


The program can be found here

Report about the 4th Training School of the COST Action TD 1005

After training schools in Bamberg, Clermont-Ferrand and Amsterdam, the last spring school of this COST action was hosted in the city of Ghent. Organized by working group 5, the programme of this school was oriented towards pain assessment at the end of life especially in patients with advanced dementia.

Fifteen PhD students with different background from seven different countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and United Kingdom) were selected to participate to this training course. The training programme was built up around teacher state of the art lectures, student state of the art lectures and some workshops introducing the students in the aspects of building up a research project (see programme).

For the teacher state of the art lectures (10 plenary lectures during the course) we had the pleasure to have experts in the field willing to give us some insights in there topic and the remaining discussion points and research questions. Together with some experts explaining us how to build up research projects, the PhD got insights into the remaining fields of research and how to proceed in the future during the discussions following the state of the art lectures.

Also the students were asked to have an active participation by presenting their own research work. During the discussions following the student lectures, it was clear that students are actively involved in their research topic and willing to look for answers to clinical relevant research questions regarding pain assessment and pain treatment. Also the teachers were actively involved in the discussions and learned a lot from the student presentations.

Even more important was the possibility to build up a network and to meet people from other research groups working on the same or similar research questions. To bring people together some evening activities were organized. First of all, students and teachers started with a three minute presentation of their professional activities, hobbies and families. On Sunday evening a nice Flemish diner (Gentse waterzooi & neuzen) was presented in the restaurant of the hotel. On Monday evening a guided walk through the city of Ghent, took us to unknown places from the middle ages. It is clear that the city of today is the result of many years of occupation by many other cultures and nationalities. In this way, every participant has some ancestor visiting or conquering the city of Ghent.

I like to thank all the teachers and students for their input and hope you spent a marvelous time.


Nele Van Den Noortgate